Posted: 12/30/2014 12:09:40 PM
The Chesterfield Select Board is holding a Public Hearing
regarding the planning for the Mass. Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) FY 15 Program. The Hearing will take place
on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Select
Board Meeting room in the Town Hall, 422 Main Road (Rte 143),
Chesterfield. The building is accessible to persons with
disabilities. Any persons needing special accommodations should
contact Bea von Hagke at Hilltown CDC (296-4536, Ext. 115) at least
one week prior to the meeting.
All persons or organizations wishing to be heard will be
afforded the opportunity.
Public comment is invited on the following meeting topic:
An application to the Federal FY 2015 Massachusetts CDF I
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for the
participating communities of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen,
Peru, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington. The participating
Towns are considering applying jointly for the following possible
projects: Housing Rehabilitation Program and Social Services
Programs including: Health Outreach Program for Elders program run
by the Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc., Hilltown Food
Pantry run by the Northampton Survival Center; the Hilltown Elder
Network Program administered by Hilltown CDC, and the Childcare
The general public and representatives of participating towns and
organizations with ideas regarding these projects or other possible
projects should attend to present their views. The Town of
Chesterfield, through its Select Board, will be responsible for
grant oversight. Hilltown Community Development Corporation
(Hilltown CDC) will assist the Chesterfield Select Board by
preparing the CDBG grant application and will oversee
implementation of the projects if the grant is awarded. For
additional information or if you cannot attend the hearing, but
have comments you would like to make, contact Bea at the number
provided above, or write Hilltown CDC, P.O. Box 17, Chesterfield,
MA 01012, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Posted: 12/15/2014 12:57:23 PM
On December 3, Goshen was designated a Green Community in a
State House ceremony hosted by Governor Deval Patrick, and attended
by Dave Christopolos, Energy Committee Chair, and Selectman Joe
As examples of planned energy savings, Town buildings will
receive a lighting upgrade that will be covered by the grant and a
match from National Grid. The attics of Town Hall and Town Offices
will be air-sealed and upgraded to an insulation rating of R-60.
Inefficient heating systems in the Town Garage will be brought up
to date. To guide further energy reduction efforts, a thorough
energy and weatherization audit of Town buildings will identify
other targets for upgrades. Selection of specific upgrade measures
and contracting for the upgrades are the responsibility of the
To qualify for the Green Community program, the town agreed to
meet five specific clean energy benchmarks:
- Adopting an "as-of-right" bylaw enabling renewable and or
alternative energy facilities to proceed without requiring special
- Passing a "stretch code" requiring all new residential
construction more than 3,000 square feet and all new commercial and
industrial real estate construction to implement energy saving
- Adopting an expedited permitting process related to the
- Establishing a municipal energy-use baseline and a program to
reduce use by 20 percent within five years.
- Agreeing to purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal
use, whenever such vehicles are commercially available.
Posted: 12/12/2014 9:42:47 AM
After a nearly four-hour meeting at Nessacus Regional Middle
School, a divided Central Berkshire Regional School District School
Committee on Thursday narrowly voted to close the school, which
currently houses 74 students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5
and a staff of 18.
The majority of students who attend the school will be bused to
Craneville Elementary School in Dalton starting next September.
The 8-6 vote followed presentations by Superintendent Robert
Putnam and Business Administrator Melissa Falkowski, both of which
painted the picture of a district in a serious financial bind.
According to preliminary budget projects, the closure of Berkshire
Trail will result in $700,000 in savings off the fiscal 2016
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Posted: 3/27/2014 7:17:24 PM
Posted: 2/13/2014 6:20:05 AM
Due to the impending snow storm, and rapidly deteriotating road
conditions, the entire Hampshire Regional School district will be
closed today Thursday February 13th, 2013. This includes all school
You can listen to the recorded call
here from Craig Jurgensen
Posted: 12/17/2013 6:04:46 AM
Due to the predictions of heavy snow beginning this afternoon,
the entire Hampshire Regional School District will be dismssed
early, today December 17th, 2013. Schools will be following the
usual 1/2 day schedule.
You can listen to the recorded call
Posted: 11/20/2013 7:43:52 AM
The Hampshire Regional School District was one of 33 in
Massachusetts named to this year's national AP Honor Roll and the
only one in Hampshire County, according to the state....
Read the complete article at the Daily Hampshire
Gazette (a subscription may be required to read the full
Posted: 11/18/2013 3:01:50 PM
Join us for a fall woods walk in Windsor, MA on December
Join landowners Connie Talbot and Steve Philbrick for an
hour-long walk in their woods to see how they have been managing
invasive species, creating wildlife habitat, and growing red oak on
their woodlot. This is a great chance to share information and ask
questions about stewardship options and funding opportunities for
Where: Windsor, MA. Walk from 2-3pm followed by hot chili and
Please RSVP to Fletcher Clark to make sure we will provide enough
Contact: Fletcher Clark,
This event is sponsored by the Dept. of Conservation and
Recreation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and
Baystate Forestry Service.
here for a downloadable/printable flyer for this event
Posted: 11/8/2013 12:54:37 PM
Hilltown CDC is currently seeking General Contractors who are
interested in bidding on Housing Rehabilitation projects funded by
various state and federal grant programs. We recently
received Housing Rehab funding, and we will be bidding
approximately 22 projects in the upcoming months.
Projects are planned in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington,
Plainfield, Westhampton, and Williamsburg with projects typically
ranging up to $25,000.00. Contractors working on Hilltown CDC
administered projects are assured payment for all approved work and
a quick turnaround on invoices as well as a source of steady, local
work year round.
GC's must possess a valid Contractor Supervisor's License, a Home
Improvement Contractor's License, and an EPA Lead Safe
Certification. Proper General Accident and Liability insurance as
well as Workman's Compensation insurance, if applicable, is
HCDC is an EEO/Section 3 Employer. Women & members of minority
groups are encouraged to apply.
Please contact Paula Bilodeau, Program Manager, at (413) 296-4536,
ext. 123 for an application or email email@example.com.
Funding is provided by the US Dept. of HUD/DHCD and MA CDBG
Posted: 11/8/2013 12:53:23 PM
Residents are invited and encouraged to attend a meeting to
review their town's goals, priorities and accomplishments which are
outlined in each town Community Development Strategy (CDS) and to
gather new ideas for future community projects. After the meeting,
each town Selectboard will review public input and revise the CDS
to reflect the Town's goals and projects that may be eligible for
federal block grant funding. Citizen participation is a vital
component of this process and is encouraged!
The meetings are scheduled for the following towns: Peru on
Monday, November 25th at 7pm in the Town Offices, 3036 Main Street,
Peru. Worthington on November 26th at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall,
Main Street, Worthington, and Goshen on December 9th at 7pm at the
Town Hall, 40 Main Street, Goshen, MA.
For more information, contact Dave Christopolis, Hilltown CDC
Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 296-4536, ext.
Posted: 11/1/2013 5:27:42 PM
The Council on Aging from both Goshen and Chesterfield are
sponsoring a (free) five-part series of musical events.
The first event will be held on Tuesday November 12th, 2013 at
the Chesterfield Community Center on Main Road (Route 143) in
This event features the Muddy Roads String Band with Bob
Lovell and Kaye Simon.
A potluck dinner starts at 6:00 pm and music will begin at 7:00
Free and handicapped accessible parking.
Posted: 10/31/2013 9:10:11 PM
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